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December 2006 2006
Volume 50, Number 12
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Incendiary Mary
Why the mother of Jesus was more revolutionary than we've been led to believe.
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Can Anderson Help the NAE Recover?
Leaders praise new NAE chief, debate direction.
Row in Britain Over Right to Wear Cross
British airline sends employee home for wearing crucifix.
Nobel Peace Prize Brings Publicity to Christian Microlenders
Nobel Prize boosts growing microfinance ventures.
 Deaths, Promotions, and Other Items from the Religion World
Joel Hunter steps down from presidency of the Christian Coalition of America, C. Ben Mitchell becomes director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and other stories.
Israeli Christian Curriculum Teaches only Non-Evangelical Beliefs
Evangelicals protest mandatory Christian curriculum in Israel.
Purpose Driven is Over
Saddleback Church assumes Purpose Driven, scales back programs.
Quotation Marks
Comments on Will Graham's first crusade, getting over sexual abuse, Catholics and contraception, and the image of Islam.
Go Figure: How Did Evangelicals Vote?
Figures from the midterm elections.
Hollywood Stars Dramatize the Bible
Famous black voices eagerly join audio Bible project.
Pregnancy Care Where It's Most Needed
Pregnancy care centers move to the inner city.
News: Briefs
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's suit; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and private prayer languages; Child Custody Protection Act; Air Force Academy.
What Really Unites Pentecostals?
It's not speaking in tongues. It may be the prosperity gospel.
CT Editorial: Evangelical Leaders and the Trust Factor
The Ted Haggard scandal exposes our movement's strengths and weaknesses. A Christianity Today editorial.
Editorial: How to Endanger a Civil Right
Protect religious freedom by exercising it responsibly. A Christianity Today editorial.
Nativity Story, The
The real achievement of 'The Nativity Story' is its portrayal of Joseph.
A Countercultural Hero
Being a counterculture for the common good begins with what we choose to focus on--and to overlook.
The Orthodox Century?
Fascination with the Great Tradition may signal deep changes for both evangelicals and the Orthodox.
Not Just Another Orphanage
One ministry's unusual approach to saving AIDS orphans in Africa.
Liberty and Justice for the Small
Gregory Sisk's research finds that courts treat fringe religious groups better than Catholics and Baptists.
Darfurian Refugees' Suffering
Genocide in western Sudan proves nearly impossible to stop.
Reflections: Christmas Sermons
Quotations to stir heart and mind.
We Can See God Draw Near, and It Is Dizzying
When 'lover of my soul' language goes too far.
Aikman: Garlic, Dracula, and Al Qaeda
Civilization itself is the target of extremist Muslims.
Book Review: <i>The Decline of the Secular University</i>
And you thought secular bias on campuses was bad. Stephen Carter reviews The Decline of the Secular University.
Bookmarks: <i>God the Holy Trinity</i>
How the doctrine of the Trinity shapes Christian life.
Patricia Heaton on Entertaining Truth
Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) on being in Hollywood but not of it.
Bookmark: <i>Serving With Eyes Wide Open</i>
Serving With Eyes Wide Open prepares short-term missionaries to be culturally sensitive.
Review: <i>The Freedom of a Christian</i>
David Gushee reviews essay collection The Freedom of a Christian.
When You're Sick of Prayer
Two books that make a delightful difference.
Bookmark: <i>A Jew Among the Evangelicals</i>
A Jew Among the Evangelicals is a Jewish reporter's analysis of the Evangelicals around him.
Evolutionary Ethics Give Us No Reason to Eschew Moral Horrors
Eugenics has made a lethal comeback.